About City Year
City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom, and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. Studies show that schools that partner with City Year are two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, read more about City Year’s Impact (PDF). A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by AmeriCorps, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations, and individuals.
For more information, visit City Year’s website.
About City Year San José/Silicon Valley
City Year was founded in 1988, with the idea to unite young people, ages 17-25, from diverse ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service in under-resourced schools. City Year San José/Silicon Valley (CYSJSV) was established in 1994. Today, 16 AmeriCorps members serve on teams in 3 elementary schools across 2 school districts, Ravenswood School District and Alum Rock Union School District, serving as tutors and mentors and implementing City Year's Whole School, Whole Child program. This research-based program focuses on the early warning indicators which can predict a student's likelihood to graduate high school. For School Year 2023-24, CYSJSV AmeriCorps members will provide targeted interventions to over 1,000 Alum Rock Union School District and Ravenswood School District students across its ABC intervention areas of Attendance, Behavior, and Course performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and math.
For more information, visit City Year San José/Silicon Valley’s website.
City Year is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial, and people-focused leader to serve as the Executive Director (ED) of City Year San José/Silicon Valley. This position is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral role in advocating for and advancing public education in the Bay Area. This seasoned executive is responsible for ensuring the San José/Silicon Valley site meets its impact, revenue, district partnership, and external relations goals. CYSJSV stands to further its position in the Bay Area community, and key to the site’s success is a leader and collaborator who is a natural coalition-builder, people developer, and influencer who leads with both tenacity and humility.
Reporting to the Market President, this dynamic, visionary change agent leads 6 staff members and 16 AmeriCorps members serving in 3 partner schools. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with City Year San José/Silicon Valley’s local board, comprised of civic leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who care about all of the Bay Area'’s students receiving a high-quality education. The Executive Director is accountable for a current annual revenue budget of approximately $3.6M while simultaneously securing the resources necessary to ensure the sustainability, growth, and scale to achieve City Year’s national Long-Term Impact goals.
Serving as the primary champion of City Year's impact locally, the Executive Director leads efforts to keep students in school and on track while also ensuring the site's sustainability and continuity. The Executive Director represents City Year Inc. and CYSJSV within the San José/Silicon Valley community by mobilizing powerful coalitions to catalyze greater educational opportunities for underserved students. These constituencies include the site board; local alumni; SJUS district and school leaders; private sector investors, and other community partners.
Additionally, the Executive Director is a Senior Vice President for City Year Inc.'s national organization and, therefore, strengthens the connection between City Year's national initiatives and CYSJSV's local work. As senior vice president, the Executive Director also participates within the City Year global network to advance the mission by managing working relationships with staff at City Year's national office and helping to lead and set organizational strategy through network-wide project teams.
The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing site staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. This executive serves as a vital link between the local San José/Silicon Valley market, the City Year Market Group, and the City Year national office. Site supervision includes the functional areas of student impact and school partnerships, revenue generation, expense management, management and retention of AmeriCorps members and staff, and site board development and relations.
Our Executive Directors embody the core values displayed on our website and must have a firm belief that education has the power to help all students reach their full potential and a passion for increasing critical student outcomes such as graduation rates and college or career readiness. To successfully execute the job’s core responsibilities, a successful Executive Director must demonstrate the following behaviors:
Build and forge partnerships and coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance the cause of educational equity.
Mobilize internal and external stakeholders towards a bold vision of how they can impact the lives of young people.
Build and empower teams to fully own their functions while driving accountability and take personal responsibility for their success.
Build community and foster a caring and supportive environment with a sense of connection and belonging.
Demonstrate curiosity and humility as a life-long learner who seeks out diverse perspectives and opportunities for self-improvement.
Possess a deep sense of personal accountability to ensure the success of both City Year San José/Silicon Valley locally and City Year, Inc. nationally.
Connect with and inspire diverse teams of AmeriCorps Members between the ages of 17 and 25.
Through these lenses, the Executive Director will focus on the following primary areas of responsibility:
People and Culture
AmeriCorps Member Experience
Private Sector Fundraising, Cultivation, and Stewardship
Board Member Engagement
Government Relations and Public Policy
AmeriCorps Member Recruitment
Marketing and Communications
In San José/Silicon Valley, the top priorities include:
Leading the CYSJSV Staff and AmeriCorps members through modeling a deep commitment to collaboration, the cause of educational equity, and producing impactful results.
Further advance the site’s commitment to Diversity, Belonging, Inclusivity, and Equity (DBIE) by investing in people, culture, community, and partnerships while prioritizing inclusive and equitable systems, policies, processes, and practices.
Coordinate the annual recruitment and admission of 30 City Year AmeriCorps Members through a partnership with the National Recruitment and Admissions team and local partners.
Ensuring CYSJSV financial sustainability by growing the current community of champions and financial investors to meet existing revenue goals promoting the longevity of our work in San José and Silicon Valley.
Supporting local site board and recruiting diverse talent to the board to support future financial sustainability and growth while increasing brand awareness and recognition of City Year in the local community.
Maintaining and deepening strategic community partnerships with Alum Rock Union School District, Ravenswood School District, and future champions in San José/Silicon Valley.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for the Executive Director role begins at $180,000, is commensurate with experience, and is eligible for up to 10% at risk pay.
Full-time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full-time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account (FSA), paid vacation (PTO), holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Malissa Brennan of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.